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2012-06-06 16:08:12
Masca Gorge, Tenerife
First of all, apologies for no photos to go with this review - but camera went on the blink at start of the hike.
After the volcano Teide, the Masca Gorge is probably the most popular hike in Tenerife and well worth a trip. It's not difficult and all downhill from 650 metres height at Masca village down to the sea at Masca Bay. Total distance is only 8km but the terrain of the gorge is rough in lots of places and care is needed. Boots are best but you can get away with trail shoes although your feet might feel it at the end of the day. Poles very useful and whatever the weather bring lots of water - at least 1.5 litres (there's nowhere to top up water in the gorge). Probably best to avoid in very hot conditions and definitely to be avoided after heavy rain (it floods)
Best to get there early before the organised groups who can make the descent slow going. We were staying in Los Gigantes and a taxi to Masca cost about €40 - trip takes about an hour and we started down the gorge at about 10am. Gorge is spectacular and has lots of volcanic rock formations of all sorts, cliffs rise up as high as 600 metres on either side and at its narrowest it's only 20 metres wide. If you rush you can get down to the sea at the bottom of the gorge in 2-2.5 hours, but why rush - we took 3.5 hours going at a leisurely pace. Seems to be a shuttle of water taxis taking people back to Los Gigantes - takes about half an hour and if you're lucky you'll see dolphins on the way, €10 fare back seems to include a couple bottles of beer or soft drinks (at least nobody in the crew looked for money for the beer). Did Masca as part of a week's walking in Tenerife which also included getting to the top of 3,718m Teide (ok- the cable car accounted for all but 200m of the climb) and then a hike down well-marked trail down to the floor of the caldera.
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